Artists in Conversation With Nature
RARE Art/Berkley Art Museum
Can art inspire conservation? Can conservation inspire art? The project Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet began in 2006 in the form of these questions, triggering an unusual collaboration and an extraordinary and circuitous journey. In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the environmental conservation organization, Rare and three other contemporary U.S. museums partnered for the Rare Art Project, a traveling exhibition created to raise awareness of endangered ecosystems around the world through artists’ residencies at World Heritage Sites. The premise of Rare Art is that visual artists can bring attention to this fragile but crucial coexistence through works that engage the broadest possible audiences and that encourages global support for the protection of cultural and biological diversity. The Baum Foundation was one of the first sponsors of the Rare Art Project. From Simien National Park in Ethiopia to Argentina’s Peninsula Valdes, from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico to the Three Parallel Rivers in China, humankind and nature exist in a delicate balance.
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